January 20, 2018 Speaker: Judi Fennell Topic: The Art of Cover Art
Covers are one of the most important and effective marketing tools you’ll have for your book. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by under-utilizing the impact of your cover. Make your book jump off the digital marketplace page! Join us in both our morning and afternoon sessions as award-winning author, cover artist, and book designer Judi Fennell discusses tips and tricks of cover design. Bio:Judi Fennell is an award-winning, best-selling author of light-hearted tongue-in-cheek paranormal and romantic comedies, is also the owner/operator of www.formatting4U.com, offering services to indie-published authors from editing to formatting to cover and series logo generation, copyright registration assistance and much more.
February 17 Speaker: Shirley Hailstock Topic: Forming a Plotting Group
Best-selling author Shirley Hailstock will talk about how to form an effective plotting group: what they do, how they work, the benefits and pitfalls. In the afternoon she will lead a hands-on program of working on specific plots with current WIPs.
Bio: Shirley Hailstock, best-selling, award-winning novelist, holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in Chemical Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her initial wish was to join the space program.
Shirley is a past president of Romance Writers of America, the largest genre writing organization in the world with more than 10,000 members. She's active locally and nationally, having served on the National Board of Directors for seven years. She is also a past president of the New Jersey Romance Writers and a past officer of Women Writers of Color. She writes contemporary romantic suspense, paranormal, historical romance and mainstream women's fiction. Shirley is the author of over 35 novels and novellas.
March 17 Speaker: Claire McKinney Topic: Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?
April 14 Speaker: Damon Suede Topic: Special All-day Program TBA May 19 Speaker: Marlo Berliner Topic: YA
June 16 Speaker: Carol Van Den Hende Topic: Applying Marketing Best Practices to Your Book Promotion
July No meeting - RWA National Conference
August 18 Speaker: Babette James Workshop: Websites
September 15 Speaker: Ryan Zee Topic: Marketing and Newsletters